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Old 01-22-2008, 05:15 PM
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my Husband prepped to be a teacher as a second career. He has a BA.doesn't matter the BA isn't in ed. salary for someone just starting in Hillsborough Co. was just about 38K this year. Manatee Co. (bradeton) is a bit higher, maybe 42-44 (highest in the state) and Pinellas Co., St. Pete, is right at about 40. A master's doesn't add much to those bases nor does experience. Certainly not 20K

Originally Posted by Ishten View Post
Please check teacher salaries before moving - our friends from Ohio moved down with masters degrees to find salaries in the high 30's/low40's. In addition, teachers were discussing quitting during the lunch breaks. Our friends stayed for one year, sold their home and went back to Ohio for significant, 20k, raises. Unfortunately, I do not know why teachers are paid so bad here...possibly because they are non-unionized. Good luck.
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Old 01-22-2008, 05:39 PM
Location: Pa.
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Smile gator_bait, you rock!

Wow, thanks for giving this Pennsylvanian some perspective. I can live with all the above if I can look at palm trees and wear flip flops.

That's a fantastic post and gives me a much better idea of Tampa life than some of the other posts.

Thanks again,
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:04 AM
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I love the Tampa bay area. It is a great place for young couples and a great place to raise a family. As far as teaching I would say Pasco county is the way to go. It is an awesome district(much more of a community atmosphere than Hillsborough and Pinallas schools.If you want to live in Pasco, which is just north of Tampa, Wesley Chapel is an up and coming area. It would provide a short commute to downtown via I75 and the schools are great. If you want a hip area for young professionals, Soho is a great area. It is in South Tampa and has a great bar area as well as a new Publix Greenwise and a short walk to Bayshore Blvd. It is a great area and the real estate down is an investment in itself. Good luck!
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:48 PM
Location: St Petersburg
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I love St. Pete and think its a really cool area. And it is a great time to be a first time homebuyer with that $8000 tax credit. As for becoming a Realtor - as I'm sure TampaKaren can attest - its not easy getting started - especially now. I started about 3 years ago when things were going south and everyone though I was crazy. My first year was really tough. You need to have a pretty good savings starting out because there are a lot of MLS fees, dues we have to pay, etc. and its a tough market right now - and it will be especially tough if you don't know the area very well. If you do decide to go into real estate, you might think about joining an existing real estate team or becoming an assistant to a busy Realtor at first so you can learn the area and get some money coming in before you go out on your own.
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:13 PM
Location: Clearwater, FL
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I was born and raised in FL (St Pete). Not sure about the jobs in your areas, but St Pete/Clearwater are pretty nice if you like the more laid back atmosphere. Tampa is better if you prefer a more urban surrounding. I live in Clearwater now and I like it a lot. It's close to Tampa and St Pete. Ballpark on a 2/2/2 home built in the 50's in the Clearwater area right now would be in the $160k range to give you an idea. Hope it helps!
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